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how to paint die cast?

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  Hi Everyone.    I bought my first diecast yesterday and I want to paint it a different color. Can the paint be stripped with Purple Power degreaser or pine sol?  Will Plasti coat primer work?  Then repaint as usual?  Any advice would be appreciated.  Thanks

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Hi Micheal, I use spray on paint stripper, leave it sit for about a half an hour then hose it off, sometimes it may take a couple times to get some stubborn areas. Seams, etc I hit with a fine wire brush, file any mold lines, then I go over the body with some 0000 steel wool, wash it and let it dry overnight. I use regular automotive primer on mine and then paint it. I've not had any issues doing it this way. You just need to make sure all the stripper residue is off the parts and cleaned well or it'll come back to haunt you. I also bake my paint on to make it more durable. I go it at 170 for about an hour. Now that's just my way, I'm sure there are several others. Good luck and show us some pics. Have a great 4th. Geno.:)

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Michael, I have used Kleen strip brand paint stripper for many years, it works on stripping paint almost instantly. I would warn you to follow the precautions on the can as it is caustic, and will harm plastic parts. Some Guys don't strip a car for repaint, but will sand the existing paint to prep it for a new color. It is important to mention that the paint on doors, hood, etc around the opening edges can be very thick from the factory paint, and should be sanded a bit to reduce the thickness to prepare for your coat of paint to reduce the chances of chipping the paint when you open these features.   

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Any good stripper will work well. If you hit the model with some coarse ScotchBrite before applying the stripper that will open the paint up and let the stripper work better/quicker. Be very sure to wash the car afterwards to remove ALL of the stripper residue. :)

PlastiKote Grey or DuPont's Sandable grey primer/surfacer will do you well for getting the car ready for new paint.

Mark

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